Ideas and Pioneers

Grants are available to individuals and teams, including those working within small organisations, to support early development of ideas with unusual promise to improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.  Paul Hamlyn was an entrepreneurial publisher and philanthropist, committed to providing new opportunities and experiences for the less fortunate members of society.  The Foundation was established in 1987 with a personal gift of £50 million and bequest most of his estate to it when he died in 2001.

The PHF’s mission is to “help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives”. The Foundation places particular focus on supporting both young people and the arts. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Strategy 2015 identifies six strategic priorities relating to changes the PHF wishes to see in the UK. These are:

  • To support imaginative people to nurture exciting ideas.
  • To widen access and participation in the arts.
  • To improve people’s education and learning through the arts.
  • To show that the arts make a difference to people’s lives.
  • To support the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change.
  • To improve support for young people who migrate, and strengthen integration so that communities can live well together.

The funding schemes offered by the PHF are designed to support innovation, give people a voice, work with others and make lasting commitments.

Applications can be made at any time

Full information and how to apply